Just like any other device say, your computer, the PlayStation console is not immune to random flukes that cause it to boot in safe mode. The mode which might get you stuck is a result of different things some of them being a loose cord or incoming updates that the system requires.
If you are in this situation, make sure you go through all the simple fixes first before choosing to initialise the whole system altogether. And if you’re following this guide, here’s a couple of things you might need first:
- HDMI cord cable
- A flash drive that has at least 16GB capacity
- PlayStation 4 dust cover
- 3-pack of compressed air cans
- A couple of cleaning cloths
- PS4 power cable
Option 1: How To Launch Safe Mode
- Turn off your PS4.
- Press and hold the power button until you hear two beeps: one when you first press and another seven seconds later.
- Connect your DualShock 4 controller with the USB cable.
- Press the PS button on the centre of the controller.
If this does not work, then you can check out the other options.
Option 2: Using Menu Options To Get Out Of Safe Mode
- Connect your controller to your PlayStation’s USB port.
- Select the first menu option. It is labelled “Restart PS4”.
- Wait for the PlayStation 4 to reboot.
- If your PlayStation boots back into Safe Mode after following these steps, you’ll need to continue further down this article to test another repair option.
Option 3: Unplugging The Console
- Shut down your PlayStation with the Power Button or menu option to avoid the “PlayStation was not shut off properly” error code.
- Unplug your consoles power cord.
- Leave it unplugged for a minimum of 20 minutes.
- Plug the cable back in and turn on your console.
If it still loads into safe mode attempt to use the menu option of “Restart PS4”.
If your PlayStation is still starting in safe mode after selecting “Restart PS4” continue below for more options.
Option 4: Dusting and Cleaning your PlayStation 4 console
Accumulation of dust is one major problem for not just computers but also for gaming consoles that later cause some system errors. Some homes are more prone to dust than others so if you highly think this could be one of the problems, it is recommended for you to always have a dust cover. But before that, try these steps:
- Point the nozzle of the compressed air cans/ blower at the vents. Make sure to keep it about 1-2 inches from the vent.
- Keep the can/blower upright to prevent any moisture from going into your console.
- Spray in short measured bursts.
- Keep checking your vents from time to time to ensure that all the dust is out.
- To ensure no dust is transferred to another location of the console, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the extra residue at the top, side, front, and back of your console.
- If your cloth gets too dirty before you’re dirt, change it for another and do not dip it in the water at all.
Option 5: Checking Your HDMI Cables
This could all be a hardware issue due to disconnected cables or faulty ones so you might want to take these steps if nothing has worked so far:
- Disconnect your HDMI cable from your console and from the back of your TV.
- Before you decide to buy another cable, try switching the ends of the cable for each port.
- If that does not work, then you will be obligated to get a new cable that is genuine enough.
Another PlayStation user suffered this terrible fate and found that changing his HDMI cables allowed him to navigate the menu, use the “Restart PS4” option, and get back to his regular boot mode. Why this option works is a mystery, but its worth a shot!
Option 6: Checking The Power Cord Cable
- Turn off your PlayStation first. Then disconnect the power cable from your console and from the power outlet, be it on the extension or wall socket.
- Leave the console unplugged for about 20 minutes.
- Securely plug your power cord back into the PlayStation 4 and wall outlet.
- If you are still booting in Safe Mode restart these steps, but use a different outlet next time.
If all of these hardware solutions seem to not be effective, do not panic as all this might be due to software issues that you can still fix yourself. All of these will be posted later so stay tuned for later articles.